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Would You Give Your Kids Used Toys?

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ThredUP, the online kids’ clothing swap, has gotten into the toy business. They’ve recently introduced a Holiday Toy Swap.

How does it work? You give a box of toys that your kids no longer use to another family and get a box of toys that your kids will love. It’s an easy way to save money and have a green Christmas. But will your kids go for it?

According to ThredUp, over 200 toy boxes have already been swapped. The company estimates that the swap will save each parent an average of $175 in holidy shopping. In total, ThredUP aims to save parents $500,000 in holiday shopping costs this season.

ThredUp’s toy exchange works like their clothing exchange. Members browse “Toy Boxes” and pick the one they’d like to receive. The cost is only $5 plus shipping. In return, swappers list a box of toys they’re ready to donate.

I think it’s a brilliant idea. Given the economic (not to mention environmental) climate, why spend more money on new toys that your kids will likely outgrow in the next year?

Would you consider giving your kids “pre-loved” toys? And do you think they would go for the idea? If you wrapped the presents in nice packaging, I doubt they’d notice the difference.

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photo: flickr/Jason Tromm

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